Movers & Shakers: Angela Gant appointed chief executive of Suffolk Education Business Partnership

Angela Gant, who has been appointed chief executive of the Suffolk Education Business Partnership.

Angela Gant, who has been appointed chief executive of the Suffolk Education Business Partnership. - Credit: Archant

The Suffolk Education Business Partnership has appointed an experienced education leader as its new chief executive officer. Angela Gant joins the organisation from a senior management role at West Suffolk College.

Mrs Gant has specialised in procuring education engagement programmes, in a career spanning more than 16 years in the sector. Most recently, she has held the post of head of employer responsiveness at West Suffolk College where she led on the development of the college’s in-house apprenticeships programme, realigning it to meet the Qualification Curriculum Framework and the Specification for Apprenticeships Standards in England.

She also transformed the strategic direction of the apprenticeship programmes to ensure they met the needs of young in developing key employability skills and to access future employment opportunities in the county’s main economic growth sectors.

While at West Suffolk College, she developed considerable expertise in the service sector, particularly in tourism and hospitality. She managed the relationship with Ofsted for work place learning and achieved an outstanding report.

Adrian Williams, chairman of the Suffolk EBP, said: “We are delighted to have secured someone of Angela’s calibre as our new CEO. This is a time of great opportunity for our organisation to play a major role in equipping our young people with the skills and experience demanded by employers.

“Angela’s wealth of expertise, vision and connections in the sector will enable us to do this. I would also like to thank Helen Greengrass, who has stepped down as CEO, and acknowledge her very significant contribution.”

Mrs Gant succeeds Helen Greengrass who resigned from the role of CEO earlier in the year but will continue to work for the organisation as a project manager.

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